Salary Survey Extra: Average salary for certified IT workers by U.S. state

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Salary Survey Extra is a series of periodic dispatches that give added insight into the findings of our most recent Salary Survey. These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

Hey, U.S. IT professionals! What state do you live in? And how does your salary stack up next to our averages?There are IT jobs in every U.S. state. If you have the right “very particular set of skills” — our apologies to Liam Neeson — and probably especially if those skills are backed by a certification, then you’re likely to find work just about wherever you look for it. Not only that, but many IT jobs are work-from-home gigs that don’t require your presence at a physical office.

Given the manner in which IT employment has redrawn traditional workplace boundaries, there may not be as much to gain from a state-by-state comparison of IT salaries as there once was. Workers in general, and IT workers in particular, aren’t as tied to a single physical location as used to be the case.

On the other hand, it’s always interesting to see where, on average, the highest IT earners tend to be clustered. And in drawing that data out of our most recent annual Salary Survey, we also detected the possible presence of IT hotspots: states that produced the largest numbers of survey respondents.

As noted elsewhere in our survey findings, the average annual salary across all certified IT professionals in the United States last year was $107,250. So how does that look when you compare individual states?

Out of the more than 4,900 certified IT professionals to take the survey at the end of last year, 55 percent live mostly in 43 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (We got dramatically limited participation from seven states: Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.)

In sketching the IT employment landscape of America, we’ve ranked every state that supplied at least 1 percent of our total U.S. survey population. The remaining states are given in a separate list, with the caution that smaller samples produce less reliable data. Call this divide our A-List, and our B-List.

With all that said, where in America did we end up in our search for the most robust average annual salary figures?

U.S. STATES BY AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY (A-List)

Note: Total of surveyed individuals from each of these states is equal to or greater than 1 percent of the total number of U.S. survey respondents.

RankStateAverage Annual SalaryPercentage of All U.S. Survey Respondents Who Are from this State
1Maryland$132,9204.8 percent
2Massachusetts$128,7902.2 percent
3Virginia$124,9706.4 percent
4California$122,0209.4 percent
5Kansas$112,9701.1 percent
6Minnesota$112,4301.2 percent
7Illinois$112,0204 percent
8New Jersey$111,7802.8 percent
9Ohio$109,6903.6 percent
10Colorado$109,2403.3 percent
11New York$108,2803.9 percent
12Arizona$107,3202.9 percent
13Georgia$106,4602.9 percent
14Washington$105,2802.2 percent
15Missouri$105,0002.5 percent
16Alabama$105,0002 percent
17Oklahoma$104,8501.2 percent
18North Carolina$104,5703.8 percent
19Pennsylvania$104,0803.2 percent
20Texas$103,7608.8 percent
21Florida$98,5506.2 percent
22Tennessee$94,9001.8 percent
23Michigan$94,3501.7 percent
24South Carolina$88,2401.9 percent
25Utah$82,9601.3 percent
26Indiana$80,2402.2 percent
27Idaho$60,6401.2 percent

2019 Salary Data

U.S. STATES BY AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY (B-List)

Note: Total of surveyed individuals from each of these states is less than 1 percent of the total number of U.S. survey respondents.

RankStateAverage Annual SalaryPercentage of All U.S. Survey Respondents Who Are from this State
1Connecticut$123,1800.8 percent
2New Hampshire$121,8900.7 percent
3Hawaii$121,0000.3 percent
4Washington, D.C.$115,1000.8 percent
5Rhode Island$109,1100.5 percent
6Nebraska$107,5000.8 percent
7Iowa$104,6200.7 percent
8Delaware$103,2500.3 percent
9Alaska$102,1900.3 percent
10Wisconsin$95,4200.6 percent
11Oregon$86,3500.8 percent
12Arkansas$84,3800.7 percent
13Kentucky$82,3900.8 percent
14New Mexico$81,4300.5 percent
15Nevada$80,0800.8 percent
16Louisiana$62,8100.8 percent
17Mississippi$48,0400.3 percent

2019 Salary Data

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